Do you know that the most common location in a home to experience a fall is the bathroom? According to an article by Consumer Affairs , “Up to 80% of falls in the home are in the bathroom”. The article further states the many reasons that bathrooms have the largest amount of falls, such as slippery floors and slippery tub surfaces, having insufficient grab bars to reach for when feeling off balance, bathtubs being hard to safely get in and out of, and toilet heights that are too low. All of these reasons can cause falls that can be detrimental to anyone, especially for seniors and disabled persons with disabilities and physical limitations.
To make a bathroom a safer place for a senior or disabled person, it is recommended to implement these few basic measures:
- Place non-slip mats on the bottom surface of the shower or tub to the reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.
- Place non-slip rugs on the bathroom floor for additional stability and to reduce slipping, especially in front of the toilet and by the sink area.
- Install a raised toilet to make it easier for someone to lower themselves onto the seat and to also rise again.
- Install grab bars to provide support and balance for entering and exiting the shower or tub. Also consider adding grab bars near the toilet for additional support and safety.
- Add a shower seats to provide stability and a place to sit for persons that have difficulty standing for any length of time.
- Install an adjustable hand-held shower head that will allow easier spraying of water on all parts of the body.
Bathroom safety aid modifications are necessary for anyone, especially for persons that have poor balance or whom have physical limitations that make it harder to move around safely in a bathroom.
If a person needs more than a little help with bathing and other bathroom needs, consider hiring a caregiver to provide assistance so there is someone available to help reduce the chances of slips and falls in the bathroom. Quality Care Services is licensed to provide in-home care services for seniors and persons with disabilties in 47 counties in Texas. We place quality Caregivers, Certified Nurse Assistants ( CNA ), and Companions to help with daily living needs for all persons wanting help to remain living in their own home.